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We are seeking a highly skilled and innovative scientist to join our core structural biology unit that supports the development and engineering of novel gene editing proteins. The candidate should have a broad knowledge of protein biochemistry and experience in cryo-electron microscopy


Primary Responsibilities:

  • Design and execute cryo-EM projects from protein characterization and complex purification, negative stain, cryo-EM grid preparation, managing cryo-EM data collection (through external facilities), structure determination and refinement of novel gene editing proteins without extensive supervision
  • Earlier stage work including cloning, expression and purification of recombinant target proteins is carried out by other scientists but may remain involved if structural biology-specific need arises
  • Closely collaborate with the platform scientists to drive the timely hypothesis-to-test cycle for the discovery and optimization of novel editor variants
  • Contribute in protein engineering and construct optimization by providing structural biology input
  • Communicate scientifically rigorous structural findings via verbal and written communications, visualizations, and presentations, mainly to non-structural biologists



  • A Ph.D. in Biochemistry, Structural Biology, or equivalent, and a minimum of two years of experience with all aspects of cryo-EM with related publications
  • Macromolecular X-ray crystallography experience is not a must but will be a significant plus.
  • Experience in molecular biology techniques, protein purification, and protein engineering
  • Aptitude with detailed structural analyses and integration of structural observations into subsequent construct engineering and optimization
  • Experience with gene editing proteins (e.g. CRISPR/Cas9) will be a significant advantage
  • Ability to work independently while also building relationships with colleagues
  • Ability to adapt to increasing scope and complexity of work brought on by growth/change
  • Supervisory experience


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